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Time to slow down and laugh more

ID: 12lx



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Age group:

55 plus


EMT Ambulance and retired teacher

Preferred locations:

QLD (full regions list)

Reply rating:

5 out of 5

More information about this house sitter

Time to slow down and laugh more.

John and I have decided that this is our time, and we are taking a few 'grey' gap years. After both having worked long hours for many years, I working 12 hour shifts days and nights plus travel, and John working +-60 hour weeks, we are looking to spend quality time together, slowing down to have a cup of tea together and laugh a little more.

We sold up everything, and what we can fit into 2 suitcases is what we own. We started this journey in September 2019 and so far have been to 13 different countries. We only discovered house sitting in February this year, and were housesitting in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia when Covid-19 hit and the borders closed around us. As our journey is not cast in stone, we wait for house\pet sitting opportunities to see where this road takes us.

We are South African born New Zealand citizens. We left South Africa in 2001 to live and work in the USA, Bangkok and China with John teaching Science in International Schools, eventually settling in New Zealand. John has officially retired from education (deputy principal of a boys' school). I am an EMT with St John ambulance service in NZ and am taking a break while we travel. Our boys are grown up and married. John volunteered for the ambulance service to spend some time with me while I worked, hence the photos where we are both in ambulance uniforms.

The big bonus for us doing house-sitting with pets, is that we will have animals as a part of our lives again. And if dogs need walking, it means regular exercise for both of us, which is never a bad thing. Before we started this adventure, we had to put our two 15 year-old sick kitties down, and we miss them terribly. We have both grown up with a variety of pets, and both our sons are managing dairy farms with dogs of their own which we periodically have looked after (or spoilt as my sons would say). We have also both helped out on the farms, from working with the cows to calf rearing. John was also actively hands-on involved in the sheep farm that was on school grounds as part of Agriculture.

We are registered on numerous house-sitting websites and have a few official references through them. Over the years we have looked after friends houses and pets, plus we have owned our own home and rented homes. We have written references from landlords, friends for whom we have 'house sat', employers and friends, and more than happy to share these with you.

We are very private people and not social butterflies, preferring to live quiet lives. Having lived in many big cities, we don’t mind being in the hinterland. We like to live in a clean and tidy environment, and don't do well in a cluttered one. John likes to potter around and do things, while I like to cook and work on our DNA family tree. For now we are both healthy and financially secure to cover our expenses. Other than that, we are pretty much boring people, keeping to ourselves, and are not the “touristy shopping” type. What this means for you as a pet owner, is that we will be spending most of our time at home with your pets. We are very adaptable to our surroundings, and are both very house proud and respectful of a homeowners space and trust.

I hope that this introduction gives you some insight into who we are. Please feel free to ask any questions.

John and Sandy

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